MIDHURST Rother College Year 11 and sixth-form students had been looking forward to their adventure of a lifetime in Nepal this autumn.
However, they had no idea how life affirming their visit would turn out to be and the enormous contribution they would make to the life of two tiny communities in the hills above Katmandu.
Led by four members of MRC staff and directors from the company True Adventure, Mark Brazier and Dan Trueman, the main focus was to offer support to two village schools, refurbishing buildings inside and out, one working with Chunikel Village, the other Pharping.
Sixth Form Pastoral Leader, Jayne Beesley partnered principal’s PA, Sarah Banbury, to lead the Chunikel team.
Jayne said: “It was a privilege to accompany our students. They were self-starting and had instant rapport with the children.”
Meanwhile, on another hillside, the team led by assistant principal Jen Weeks and data administer, Kirsty Causer, was enjoying the warm hospitality of Pharping as they redecorated classrooms and toilets.
During the six day community project both teams were self-sufficient, camping at 1700 metres with breath-taking, panoramic views. The two groups then came together for adventures including elephant trekking in Chitwan National Park, canoeing with crocodiles, rhino spotting and exploring Katmandu.
Sixth former Joe Cook said: “We had the time of our lives. The cultural experiences were amazing and although sometimes pretty emotional, the memories of our adventures with which we have returned will, I think, help to shape our futures.”
True Adventure’s Mark Brazier said: “We enjoy working with MRC particularly as it is our local school.
“The students worked hard to participate in our developmental programme and have achieved much in the process.
“The support of the staff at school over recent years has been excellent and it has encouraged a significant number of students to participate in expeditions which have now visited both Africa and Asia with plans in the pipeline for another trip India to in 2015.”